In 2017, Miriam-Teak Lee won The Stage Debut Award for best actress in a musical for her performance in On the Town at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. Now, she’s about to star as the lead in new West End musical &Juliet. Prior to the show’s pre-West End run in Manchester, she is keeping a video diary about her experiences. Read an excerpt from the second instalment below, and to watch the videos in full, click here.
“This coming week, which is our second week, we’re going to go back to Act I. It’s been four months since we’ve done this. I have a scene with Melanie La Barrie, who plays my nurse. It’s such a beautiful scene. It’s the first time we see the two connect. Her nurse is the person Juliet confides in. I have an incredible relationship with Mel La Barrie as an actress and that translates on stage and, over time, that gets deeper and deeper and more real. That’s what you have to bring to the stage night after night.
“We don’t have that long to get this on its feet – the rehearsal process is just over four weeks. So they want to work fast, and as efficiently as possible.
“Throughout the entire studio, we have so many different departments working together – we have Bill Sherman and Dominic Fallacaro working on new orchestrations to further the story, to create different feelings through the music; we have Paloma Young working on costume designs, doing fittings throughout the day, drawing new designs; Luke Sheppard is taking people aside to work on scenes; Jennifer Weber is working on new choreography to further the story.
“If we can use as many studios as we can to work on different departments, then we can forge ahead from the get-go. Then, at the end of each day, we bring everything together and look at what we’ve been working on. That’s when you start to see the piece taking shape and coming together.
“Set and lighting and costume are just as much storytellers as we performers are – it all just comes together to tell the story. You see that more than ever when you’re creating a new musical, because every department is doing their work, doing their bit, and then you see it locking together. It’s really something.
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&Juliet begins performances at the Manchester Opera House on September 10. It transfers to the West End’s Shaftesbury Theatre in November